With his rugged good looks and casual demeanor, Tim Williams has won the hearts of travelers in search of affordable accommodations in countless commercials for Trivago.
Unfortunately, it looks like Tim might be a bit too casual in his attitude toward consuming adult beverages and operating a motor vehicle.
TMZ is reporting today that Williams was arrested - at 3:15 pm!!! - on Wednesday after Houston police found him passed out behind the wheel.
Fortunately, the 52-year-old Williams' foot was firmly planted on the brake when he lost consciousness.
According to TMZ, Tim was given a field sobriety test "which he bombed," and was then taken into custody.
During his time behind bars, Williams submitted to a blood test, according to reports.
It's unclear what the results of that test were or whether or not he took a Breathalyzer.
In any case, Williams posted bond and was released after a few hours, but in all likelihood, his legal headaches are just beginning.
As for the future of his employment with Trivago ... that remains seriously in doubt:
An official statement from the company reads:
"At this stage, we do not have the full details of the situation, but we want to make clear that Trivago treats such incidents very seriously and strongly condemns drinking and driving which poses a risk to others and goes against the Trivago culture."
Setting aside the hilarity of the phrase "goes against the Trivago culture" (and the idea that doing so is as egregious as threatening lives), it's a serious statement, and it sounds as though Williams is sure to suffer some form of discipline, possibly even termination.
Williams has been a working actor since the mid-'90s and his credits include roles on The Sopranos and in the movie Valkyrie.
But it was his "role" as the enigmatic weirdo that is Trivago Guy that brought Williams national attention in recent years.
Far more than the typical commercial spokesman, Williams brought a roguish charm and unexpected sex appeal to his ads for the online travel company - the rare viral sensation who ended up sticking around.
At this point, he's essentially the face of the brand. Or was.
Obviously, Williams' transgression is a serious one, and he deserves to face the consequences of those actions.
Still, we'd be lying if we said we wouldn't be more than a little bummed if this were the end of the Trivago Guy.